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  1. Updates on Tuesday 01 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Cheshire and Merseyside have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.    

  2. Weather: Windy with wintry showers

    Dianne Oxberry

    Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    Clear spells at times tonight and it will be colder than last night, with a widespread frost and risk of ice.

    Weather graphic

    Wednesday will be very unsettled with frequent blustery, wintry showers and some snow settling in places through the morning. Strong winds, with gales possible around coastal areas such as Southport.

  3. Coming up

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight this evening:  

    • We explain why Runcorn has been chosen to be one of NHS England's "healthy towns"
    • We will hear about what is being done in Liverpool to reduce "bed-blocking" in hospitals
    • There is more on the footage of a man who drove an off-road motorbike through a Bootle shopping centre
  4. New Blake art for Liverpool Biennial

    A limited edition print by pop artist Sir Peter Blake has been unveiled for the Liverpool Biennial art festival.

    Sir Peter Blake's new silkscreen print Dazzle, 2016 has been produced for Liverpool Biennial

    The new artwork, Dazzle, 2016, follows Blake's Everybody Razzle Dazzle in 2015 when he transformed Mersey ferry Snowdrop into a moving artwork.

    Sales of the print will go towards the Biennial education programme.

  5. Stones set for Toffees comeback

    BBC Sport

    Everton defender John Stones could play for the first time in a month after overcoming a hamstring problem for the club's Premier League match against Aston Villa.

    John Stones

    Forward Arouna Kone is fit after illness but Muhamed Besic will not be involved.

  6. YMCA to close as council ends contract

    Warrington's 160-year-old YMCA is expected to close in three months' time after losing a major council contract.

    The Cheshire town's borough council is reviewing its funding as part of a move to save £21m.


    The YMCA provides accommodation and advice for the homeless and vulnerable people but these will instead be delivered by other providers, said a spokesman. The charity said losing its £38,000 funding would have a "huge" impact.

  7. New research centre opens at Alder Hey

    A new research centre has been opened at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool.

    The Institute in the Park

    Academics will work alongside health professionals and commercial teams to research children's health at the Institute in the Park.

  8. Appeal to find missing Wirral teenager

    Police are appealing for help to trace a teenage girl who went missing from her home in Wirral on Sunday.

    Meadow Gore

    Meadow Gore, 14, was last seen by her mother at around 10:00 at their home in New Chester Road.Meadow is described as white, about 5ft 6ins tall, with long, straight, black hair. She was wearing a black coat with a fur trim, white jeans and white Adidas trainers.  

  9. Football: 'Lukaku reminds me of Weah' says an ex-Everton striker

    BBC World Service

    Ex-Everton striker Daniel Amokachi says that Romelu Lukaku reminds him of the former Ballon d'Or winner George Weah.  

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    Video caption: Ex-Everton player Daniel Amokachi says Romelu Lukaku can be one of world's best strikers

    Lukaku, 22, is one of the top scorers in the Premier League this season and in July 2014 cost Everton a club record fee of £28m.

    “He has the speed, he has the skills, he is good with his head,” says Amokachi, who played for the Toffees between 1994 and 1996 and was part of the team that won Everton's last trophy, the 1995 FA Cup.

  10. Latest headlines in Cheshire and Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Halton Lea in Runcorn is chosen as one of ten new so-called healthy towns
    • Three men taken to hospital after a chemical spill in Bebington, Wirral are given the all clear
    • A Liverpool fan is appealing for help finding his giant 15ft Robbie Fowler flag
  11. Wirral 'chemical spill': Three men taken to hospital "given the all-clear"

    Wirral Council say the three members of the Biffa bin crew involved in the Bebington chemical spill earlier have been given the all-clear at hospital.

    Fairacres Road

    A 100m cordon in still in place after a liquid started leaking from the back of a bin lorry in Fairacres Road.

    People are being advised to avoid the area and local residents have been told to close their windows as a precaution.

  12. Wirral 'chemical spill' area cordoned off

    This is the scene in Wirral where there has been a "chemical spill" this morning.

    Wirral chemical incident

    Three men have been taken to hospital after a liquid started leaking from the back of a bin lorry in Fairacres Road, Bebington and caused a chemical reaction, releasing a vapour.

    Wirral chemical incident

    A 100m cordon in place and people are being advised to avoid the area. Local residents have been told to close their windows as a precaution. 

    Wirral chemical incident
  13. Travel: Traffic light failure causes disruption in Speke

    BBC Travel

    There is disruption at Western Avenue in Speke due to a traffic light failure in Speke Boulevard. Approach with care.

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  14. Lost: Giant 15ft Robbie Fowler flag

    A Liverpool fan is appealing for help finding his Robbie Fowler flag. 

    Robbie Fowler Flag

    The giant 15ft long banner was last seen at the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday but it disappeared when Tony Henny went to collect it.

    It was made by brothers Tony and Stephen Henny in 1998 and has been to games around the world including the Istanbul Champions League final.

  15. New Liverpool Biennial 'dazzle' print revealed

    A limited edition print for the Liverpool Biennial designed by renowned artist Sir Peter Blake is being unveiled in the city.

    Sir Peter Blake

    It's based on the dazzle design which he created last year for the Snowdrop Mersey ferry.

    Snowdrop Mersey ferry